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Happy New Year Friends One of the highlights of 2013 was our July issue's Mac 'N Cheese Throw-down with these fun folks at Heritage Sandy Springs. From left, back row are Jeffrey Adams, Jim Newman, Alan Mothner, Ben Hammett Walkuski, Josh Slovin. From left, front row are Stephanie Palermo, Sarah Poland, Karyn Slovin and Sue Collins.


wenty Fourteen is here. I like it! Our staff is already busy dreaming up a year full of engaging issues for you and wanted to let you know what we have in store. If you have ideas on people, places and things that we should include, please let me know. Here’s our editorial calendar, starting with next month:

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Sue G. Collins |

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copy editor | Ruksana Hussain contributing writers Dennis Malcolm Byron, Ruksana Hussain, Robin Jean Marie, Laura Carson Miller, Valerie Reed, Ben Hammett Walkuski, Jaime Weinstein

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October - Kids and Pets

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November - The Home

chief financial officer | DeLand Shore

December - Giving Back, Non-Profits

managing editor | Lisa Cooke Harrison

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This issue is bursting at the seams with stories on local shops, entrepreneurs and creative folks who made it their business to do business right here near home. Be sure to stop in and say hello.

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Keep in touch and best wishes for a year full of generosity, passion and play!

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Around Town Seuss Celebration

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Few authors are better known than Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Yet, to this day, his Secret Art and his fantastical Hat Collection are virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Ted Geisel created paintings and collected hats which he secreted away in a hidden closet at the Dr. Seuss Estate. This is the first time ever that Dr. Seuss’s hats have ever traveled outside his home. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, a special Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Exhibition has been mounted that combines these two secret collections. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, has generously opened up the Estate’s legendary “hat closet” to allow the public a peek at Dr. Seuss’s hat collection. See it at Ann Jackson Gallery, February 1-16. 932 Canton St, Roswell.

Got Shoes? Flatz shoe boutique in Buckhead is a participating affiliate of Dress for Success and Giving Shoes Day here in Atlanta. The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To participate, women can check the Dress for Success affiliate page at or simply bring their shoes to Flatz at 314A Pharr Road (and get 10% off your purchase). Flatz will still be accepting donations throughout the month for this wonderful charity. Additional information on Dress for Success and #GivingShoesDay can be found at the site.

New Biz in Town The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting celebration at First Watch Restaurant. First Watch specializes in award-winning, made-to-order breakfast, brunch and lunch. A recipient of more than 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers traditional favorites, such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches and salads, and unique specialty items like the fan-favorite Chickichanga® and Fresh Fruit Crepes. Named a 2013 “Next 20” emerging brand by Nation’s Restaurant News, First Watch is currently the largest daytime-only restaurant concept in the U.S. with more than 110 restaurants in 15 states and additional units under development as part of the Bradenton, Fla.-based company’s aggressive growth strategy. 1317 Dunwoody Village Pkwy.

School Alums Awarded The Galloway School’s inaugural ALUMinaries award was created to recognize and honor Galloway graduates who illuminate the principles manifested in the school’s mission. The recipients this year were David Flink '98, and Angelyn Chandler '84. David Flink is the founder and CEO of nonprofit Eye to Eye National, which provides students with learning disabilities mentoring by older students also working with challenges such as ADHD and dyslexia. His first book, Thinking Differently: A Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, comes out in the fall of 2014. Angelyn Chandler is an architect, currently on leave from New York City's parks department as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard. She was involved in the largest landfillto-park restoration project to date, the 2,200-acre Freshkills Park, and was the design lead on rebuilding New York City's swimming beaches following Hurricane Sandy.

It’s Greek Grecian Gyro, located at the Shoppes of Georgetown in Dunwoody has opened doors recently. Mayor Mike Davis, along with members of the City of Dunwoody City Council and Chamber of Commerce were on hand to celebrate with Grecian Gyro owner George Koulouris and employees to welcome their fourth restaurant to Dunwoody. Grecian Gyro offers up freshly-made gyro wrap sandwiches, salads and sides. Founder Nick Koulouris opened the first Grecian Gyro in 1982 in Hapeville, Ga. with $50 in his pocket, a dream in his heart and his family’s secret sauce recipe locked tightly in his head. His goal was to deliver the best gyros and Grecian fare reminiscent of what he grew up eating and cooking as a young man in Kalamata, Greece. Over the past 30 years, Nick, along with his two sons George and Pano, has expanded 10 | January 2014

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Chambers Welcome 2014 we are proud to bring you a state of the community address from both the dunwoody and sandy springs/perimeter chambers of commerce. happy new year, neighbors.

From the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce With local businesses generating over 70 percent of the City of Dunwoody’s revenue, the Chamber focuses on being a professional resource, influential advocate, and supporter of the business community. As a chamber, we have had tremendous success in our programs over the last year by growth in number of attendees, volunteer outreach, and valued resources to members. With the assistance of our wonderful committees, we can continue with our business networking, annual Greater Perimeter Business Expo, and move forward on other initiatives that will benefit both our business members and the public. The Chamber of Commerce welcomes 2014 with new goals and objectives that value education, community outreach, and membership business opportunities. Looking towards the future, the Chamber of Commerce is partnering with our members, leaders in the community, the local colleges, and Dunwoody High School to create internships, jobs for veterans, and mentorships for our students. Our education system strives to provide students with the information to succeed, but envisions increasing hands-on experience. The high 12 | January 2014

school aims to build two programs out of the education initiative: a Work Study program for students who excel above and beyond the classroom and a student-business mentorship program. Dunwoody High School is looking to connect with local businesses that are willing to volunteer their time to provide knowledge and understanding of work in a real world setting. One of the many projects planned is Engage Dunwoody, where the Dunwoody Chamber and City of Dunwoody join together to create community outreach designed to connect corporations to the local community. After hearing of several companies voicing desires to help provide funding and labor to nonprofits and schools, the City and Chamber have begun a development plan for 2014. We look forward to growth in the New Year and are thrilled to see what is in store for the community, our businesses, and the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce. Beth Summers Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director

From the Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce As we enter 2014 with fresh challenges and opportunities, we are excited to have a new Strategic Plan in place to guide the Chamber’s Board of Directors, committees and staff as we embark on our initiatives over the next few years. We have enjoyed a remarkable journey of growth and development and I’m certain that our new plan will do no less. We appreciate the commitment we have received and continue to receive from our leadership. Our new Board Leadership brings innovative insight to our committees, which promises to bring us new insight and perspective that will keep us current and make our work on your behalf a valuable resource to your business. If you are not already a partner with the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber, we encourage you to consider a partnership. Active participation is the best way to highlight your business. Being a part of this business organization can be most beneficial to your company and employees. Like many of our members, you can be part of the difference. I would like to visit with you about a partnering with the Chamber. For those that are already a partner, thank you for your commitment and involvement. Your investment is critical to helping the Chamber achieve our mission statement – to serve as the champion for a prosperous environment that enriches our businesses and communities. In order for the Chamber to continue the success of improving our business community, we look forward to your continued support. Sincerely, Tom Mahaffey Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO

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Give Your Palate A Pop Article Ruksana Hussain


ooking for a new snack or dessert option? Try some fresh CaJa Popcorn’s monthly flavors have been a hit and received a and flavorful gourmet popcorn! Since September 2012, CaJa good response. “The flavors change based on suggestions from Popcorn has introduced local palates to unique popcorn flavors customers plus our own ideas, we wanted some relevance to each made with the highest quality ingredients and popped in small month,” adds Kevin. Wintery January features s’mores, Valenbatches throughout the day. “I wanted to provide good popcorn in tines in February will feature red velvet. Starting March 2014, interesting flavors that is not bad for you,” says Kevin Peak, Chief they will be teaming up with local chefs for new monthly flavors Popper at CaJa. The store is named after his children, Caroline - a concept they explored for a few months in 2013 that was met and Jack, and is located at the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center. with much success. Additionally, their gourmet popcorn is now “I wanted a community spot, where you can form active partner- available through several locations across the city including Nanships and still have the neighborly small business feel. We have cy’s Pizza in Midtown and the Lovett School Cafe. ”We are allived here 15 years, we go to church here and my children go to ways looking for opportunities with local businesses and schools school here so there was no better location!” for wholesaling,” says Kevin. CaJa’s USP is gourmet popcorn with absolutely no preservatives The store has witnessed a lot of walk-ins and orders online, coror nuts used. Five basic flavors are sold at the store - butter, sea porate and special occasion orders too. They even have a loyalty salt caramel, spicy BBQ, pimento cheese and kettle corn. Kevin program for repeat customers, having witnessed an uptake in trafworked with acclaimed local chef Todd Ginsberg to create the fic since when they first opened shop. They have been very active recipes for CaJa. The popcorn is available in large, medium and in the community, donating to local charities, schools, auctions small sized bags as well as a choice of three and also giveaways for parties, and are now tin sizes – 3.5 gallon, 2 gallon and 1 gallon seeing the fruits of their efforts resonate. priced at $69.95, $43.95 and $23.95. The Orders can be customized in size, flavor re-usable gallon tins are also available for and labeling to make it your own. Having sale on their website, with the option of recently celebrated their milestone first 2333 Peachtree Road NE, mixing up to three flavors in each tin size. anniversary, CaJa Popcorn is one of those 404.846.2156 Better yet – get one of their little snack hidden gems that folks walk past bags at just $2.50 for a quick treat! Their ingly, but are transformed into loyal fans staff of six is always happy to wow new the minute they taste the flavors. customers and welcome back loyal fans.


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Home Matters Adapted Living Spaces Article Ben Hammett Walkuski


arbaro Ponce’s journey to small business ownership started more than 40 years ago—in Cuba. Before founding what is now a successful Atlanta home restoration, remodeling and home improvement company, Barbaro was a child whose poor health prevented him from living the life that other children enjoyed. Without a very bright future ahead of him, Barbaro’s aunts and uncles, who had already immigrated to Atlanta, called upon then-Governor Jimmy Carter to help. When Governor Carter came calling, people answered. In short time, Carter had arranged for Ponce and his family to come to the United States—and for Barbaro to undergo rehabilitation therapy at Children’s at Scottish Rite Pediatric Hospital. With the benefit of high-quality health care, Barbaro was set on a path of independence and success. Barbaro would go on to graduate from Christ the King School, as well as St. Pius X Catholic High School, and pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After building a long and successful career at Atlanta-area commercial and residential architecture and design firms, Barbaro still desired more—he wanted to make a difference, and he wanted to help people.

“I love houses. Working for architecture firms, I love design, I love challenges, making houses accessible—but so it feels like a home. I love designing spaces and fulfilling whatever needs people have.” And there was the inspiration for Barbaro’s business: Adapted Living Spaces/ALS Contracting. A full-service, design and build, remodeling and construction company established in 2001 to offer home modifications specifically for the elderly and physically challenged, including ramp services, expansion of doorways, grab bar installation, accessible bathrooms, and much more. “The basis of my company,” says Barbaro, “was really to adapt residential spaces to the homeowner—just taking that space and making it comfortable for them.” Although his firm services all of Atlanta—including Buckhead, Dunwoody, Virginia-Highlands, Marietta, and Roswell, Barbaro loves older neighborhoods and homes with a great deal of character. “I enjoy working with that architecture and keeping the historical look. I also like the diversity of different neighborhoods—you can have a Victorian home in one place and a modern home somewhere else.” For Adapted Living Spaces, customer service is very important: “We want to make

sure that our customers know we are doing the work for them. My design skills are to adapt the space for them and for their needs.” Taking projects from idea to design to reality, Adapted Living Spaces offers high quality workmanship and complete turnkey construction. Specializing in the renovation of bathrooms, kitchens, finished basements and home additions, as well as the restoration of fire/water/storm damage homes and new construction, ALS takes its work personally: “It is our goal to offer quality design services at affordable prices to residents of the greater Atlanta community.” Barbaro, who lives in Woodland Hills near Buckhead with his wife, enjoys living in Atlanta just as much as working in the city. He and his wife enjoy art festivals at Piedmont Park, sampling ethnic foods all over the city, visiting Zoo Atlanta, and shooting the occasional air rifle—Barbaro even participated in the 1996 Paralympics in the air rifle competition. For this Renaissance man, and real estate agent, people are what motivate him to stay as busy as he does: “I enjoy meeting all different types of people. When I worked in architecture firms, I was always behind a desk creating drawings. When I had interactions with clients, I always enjoyed it. I like meeting people and getting to know their needs so I can design and create the space. Each person has a special uniqueness and need—I like working together with them, getting to know them. I am a people person.”

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an off the hook home business Article Robin Jean Marie


t’s Saturday at the Sandy Springs Farmers Market and, as usual, there is a line at the kiosk for Diana’s Specialties. Many of the customers are regulars, and some of them don’t even like fish, but they are all clamoring to buy some of Diana Fitzgerald’s smoked trout and salmon. These return customers, as well as the newcomers, are wowed by the flavor of her applewood smoked fish and keep Fitzgerald doing what she does. “I love the fact that people love it,” she says. A former stockbroker/compliance officer, Fitzgerald came into this business unexpectedly. She and her family were visiting her father at his North Carolina farm when they decided to smoke a batch of fresh trout, using her father’s old smoker and twigs from his apple trees. The results were delectable. Her father gave her the smoker, and she started experimenting with salmon. Fitzgerald’s father continued sending her applewood chips while she learned about the processes of brining and smoking fish. She also developed a recipe for an aioli sauce that, as she puts it, “would make cardboard taste good.” She started taking her applewood smoked salmon to parties and giving it as gifts. She served her

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salmon at the book sale at her children’s school, which caused people to follow her around with forks as she reloaded her trays. Friends constantly encouraged her to sell her product. Finally, in December of 2009, one of Fitzgerald’s friends asked to buy eight pieces of salmon along with aioli sauce to package as Christmas gifts, announcing, “I am your first order.” The timing was right for Fitzgerald to pursue her own business: her two children were teenagers, and she was ready to go back to work. Fitzgerald purchased a commercial smoker and named her business “Diana’s Specialties.” Her home in the Brookhaven-Chastain Park area was ideally situated as a launching pad for marketing her products and acquiring the help of fellow residents. Friend Libby Patrick, an interior designer, sketched a drawing of a salmon on a cocktail napkin as a logo idea. Though Patrick presented other designs, Fitzgerald loved that first sketch and chose it for her labels. She began selling her salmon at the farmers markets in Dunwoody and Chastain Park, later selling at the market in Sandy Springs and then branching out to markets in Marietta and Tucker. She approached Kim Wilson, owner of Lucy’s Market in Buckhead, with a sample of her salmon, and within an hour Wilson called for an order. Wilson describes Fitzgerald’s products as “fresh, fabulous, and delicious” and has been stocking Diana’s Specialties ever since. The owner of Horseradish Grill suggested that Fitzgerald add local Georgia trout to her inventory. His advice was valuable—the applewood smoked trout has become as popular as the salmon, often outselling it. Although she was already a talented cook, Fitzgerald had no idea what she was getting into. Her products require vigilance and precision, and the paperwork to prove it. Fitzgerald hired a food scientist to ratify her recipes, acquired a license from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and took a three day course in order to be HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certified. The process she uses is intense and time consuming, taking three to four days for completion. She starts with quality fish: Norwegian salmon, Georgia rainbow trout, and wild Alaskan salmon when it’s in season. She brines the fish overnight, then rinses and racks it for drying. She then smokes it using a low temperature so as not to dry out the fish, all the while registering the internal temperature of the fish and logging the data. She carefully follows the FDA food code, which mandates the temperature that is necessary for the fish to be “clean” of pathogens and also mandates the required

rate and temperature of cooling. Finally, the fish is ready to be packaged and labeled; Fitzgerald uses a vacuum seal that keeps the fish fresh for three to six weeks in the refrigerator. Of course, there is clean-up to be done, and that takes hours. Fitzgerald spends Thursdays and Fridays making her popular aioli sauce and smoked trout paté, delivering to local retailers, and preparing for local markets. It is an exhausting schedule, but Fitzgerald, who is sharp, athletic, and full of spunk, is up to the task. She has perfected the science of her cooking and, when describing what she does, uses words such as “pellicle” and “surfactant” with ease. She smokes over 100 lbs. of fish each week and consistently sells out. Diana’s Specialties fills a niche in the market, and Fitzgerald would like to expand her business. Now almost empty-nesters, she and her husband are planning to relocate to Dunwoody or Brookhaven, and finding a home with space for a large commercial kitchen is her next big dream. Fitzgerald estimates that seventy percent of her clientele are return customers. She explains that those customers give her the motivation to continue, saying, “I have a product that is so good and that people enjoy so much—I don’t want to stop!”

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Making the Cut Article Ben Hammett Walkuski


he barber shop is back. Anyone with fond memories of going to their neighborhood barber shop with their father or son for a haircut can relate to this. The sights, the smells, the experience— back then it wasn’t about being the cheapest, or the fastest, or even the trendiest. Barber shops used to be a place where men went for a classic, authentic experience. And plenty of male bonding. Jim Valenzuela couldn’t agree more. As a child growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Valenzuela recalls forming lasting memories with his father at the nearby barber shop. As an adult, Valenzuela wished to provide this same experience for others. But by the late 1980s and early 1990s, the classic barber shop was a dying breed that had been edged out of the marketplace by the discount chains. In 1999, Valenzuela took a chance and a leap of faith that the market might respond favorably if he reintroduced the experience of days gone by. This is how V’s Barbershop & Shoeshine was born. It was November 1999, and Valenzuela opened his first location in Phoenix. “From the real barber chairs, to the old fashion hot lather and straight razor shave, to the head and neck massage, V’s Barbershop sets a new standard,” reads the company’s website. Not only did this vintage concept catch on, but Valenzuela couldn’t bring back handsome fast enough. To date, V’s has 20 locations nationwide— one of which is right here in greater Atlanta. V’s Barbershop Sandy Springs, the only location in the state of Georgia, is owned by franchisee Lance Jordan. Relaying childhood experiences very much Valenzuela’s, Jordan describes his inspiration for bringing this business to town: “I wanted to provide Atlanta with a top quality, authentic barbershop and through research stumbled

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upon V’s Barbershop. Immediately, I knew that this was the barbershop I would be opening as it had exactly what I had been wanting as a consumer for years.” In May of 2013, Jordan’s dream came true. Offering unique services such as facials, massages, shoeshines, and cigars, V’s Barbershop Sandy Springs is a slice of Americana that just might be here to stay. “V’s Barbershop has proven itself to each of the communities it is in and enjoys the visits from businessmen to top celebrities, such as Muhammad Ali, who can be seen in one of the locations every other week getting one of V’s famous straight razor shaves,” says Jordan. By incorporating modern conveniences and amenities, such as 32-inch LCD TVs at each station, yet remaining true to its roots with the original and restored 1950 Koken barber chairs, V’s strikes just the right balance between past and present—maintaining an authentic experience, except with the luxuries that discerning customers have come to expect. V’s employs four Master Barbers and one Master Cosmetologist—with more than 65 years of combined experience. “Whether it is a regular haircut that is topped off with a hot-steamed towel and a massage, a straight razor shave or facial and shoeshine—or a combination of these—you will leave with an experience unlike any other. This is why V’s Barbershop wins high accolades such as “Best Haircut for Men” year after year. Editor’s Note: A few days before Thanksgiving, Ben visited V’s Barbershop in Sandy Springs for a classic haircut, straight razor shave and shampoo. After an hour and a half of treatment in one of V’s comfy barbershop chairs, and superb service from Lamar, Ben left that evening with a shave, haircut and stressfree calm that carried him all the way to New Year’s.


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e choose to do business where we believe we will receive the best value — a value generally based on factors like cost and convenience. So when a national chain moves into the neighborhood, shoppers often abandon the local establishment they’ve been going to for years in favor of the new superstore (where larger stock results in higher sales volumes and lower price tags). And the local mom and pop shop down the street goes out of business. 20 | January 2014

We all know the narrative. It’s been happening for decades. But the actual cost of this occurrence goes beyond the solitary expense to a purchaser’s pocketbook. The disappearance of small, local, independent businesses changes the condition of our communities economically and socially and the impact, though slow to measure, is far-reaching. After all, small businesses can be considered the backbone of the U.S. economy, accounting for about half of all private-sector jobs and 65 percent

of new jobs created in the past 17 years. And in Georgia? They represent 97.7 percent of all employers, employing 44.8 percent of the private-sector labor force. In this age of fiscal chaos with increased unemployment rates and decreased free markets, there is actually something you can do to help the situation close to home — buy locally. It gives you a much higher value in more ways than you think: It keeps dollars in the local economy.

It gives the customer control.

In a world full of so-called warranties where labels claiming “farm-raised” or “naturally grown” flood food packaging, it’s still hard to know who to trust (and, by the way, labels like “hormone-free,” “all natural,” and “free-range” are not certified or tested by any regulatory agency, but left up to the farmer and processor to support the claim). So where can consumers go if they want to get answers and ensure the quality of the goods they are purchasing? Their local neighborhood shop, of course! And this idea of customer control doesn’t just apply to edibles — with local stores you’re typically dealing with real people who really know what they’re selling and will stand behind Bean Head Toys it. Small, local businesses also ensure cer220 Johnson Ferry Road, NE    tain choices and diversity in the selection of products — products that may generate a smaller demand from niche markets and CalyRoad Creamery local customers’ tastes. 227 Hilderbrand Dr. NE

Research has shown that for every $100 spent at a locally owned store, $45 remains in the local economy, compared with about $13 per $100 spent at a big box store. This is because locally owned establishments tend to source their business needs to other locally owned establishments: local architect, local attorney, local printer, local banker, etc. Case in point? For local artisan cheese shop CalyRoad Creamery, 85 percent of what they use to make their And the benefits don’t even end there. cheeses is purchased locally. “When you Now you don’t have to buy everything local buy from us you are supporting the dairy (buying some things local may genuinely not we purchase milk from in East Georgia and the farmers who bring us their fresh herbs and spices for be practical for you), but perhaps you can strive to make conscious flavoring our cheeses. In the shop, we carry other locally made decisions regarding your purchases. For example, you can try products that complement our cheeses. Even our packaging to designate a percentage of your total spending on local goods. products are purchased locally,” says owner Robin Schick. “It is There’s actually a “10% Shift” campaign started by local entreprea ripple effect that touches far beyond just buying a little cheese neurs and citizens in New England that suggests households shift 10% of their spending from non-local businesses to local ones. from a little cheese maker in Sandy Springs.”


It builds a better community.

Aside from the benefit of avoiding an aesthetically displeasing boarded-up downtown, local businesses provide a unique value to their communities that goes beyond the goods they offer — i.e. charitable endeavors, youth sports team sponsorships, quality shopping experiences — all while preserving an integral communal phenomenon known as human interaction. Consider Sandy Springs toy store Bean Head Toys whose owner, Chris Lowe, created his shop based on memories of taking his children to the local library for story time and the local toy store for arts & crafts events. “At BHT, we strive to be an integral part of the community through holding the same type of free weekly events, donating to local schools/organizations for their events, and excelling in customer service…We love helping our customers find the perfect gift,” Lowe says. And after they help you find that perfect gift, they wrap it for free — and they do it all with a warm smile and a neighborly chat.

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Amy Tippins

Teaching you to Rock your Scar Like a Star Article Laura Carson Miller


n the spring of 2010, usually dynamic Atlantan Amy Tippins found herself exhausted, reflective, and dreaming of change. Her job in the financial services industry had her traveling extensively and while she admits she made a great living, what Tippins actually craved in her heart was a more fulfilling life. Listening to her heart, her love of clothes and shopping coupled with her desire to help empower women dealing with scars, physical, mental and emotional, manifested in her fashion company RockScar Designs. After receiving a liver transplant in 1993, Tippins found that she felt personally affected by her own physical scar, and wanted to be an ambassador for strength and confidence through her own scar experience and those of others. Working with talented artists, also members of the transplant community, Tippins creates clothing pieces with powerful, inspiring messages including, "Scars R Sexy" (which is trademarked by Tippins), and "Show me yours. I'll show you mine." While every design and individual piece bears a part of her, a huge component of her vision of expansion involves putting others first. "I had to learn to take myself out of it to a certain extent,” she shares. “My line seems to really resonate with college kids and women over the age of 38. I have to think in terms of what they want to wear.” Tippins relishes all aspects of her business from educating herself about fabric quality to scouting the perfect new retail outlets to offer her stylish wares. RockScar Designs’ pieces are ‘currently in a handful of boutiques across the US and are sold online. Now we’re in the Atlanta Apparel Mart and it’s a huge new audience for us.’ Her bestselling item for fall/ winter 2013 and she predicts into spring 2014, is her Scars R Sexy Fashion Crop Top. “I love wearing it with a higher waist pant but younger girls wear it with low-rise bottoms. I would have when I was 25!” she says with a smile. Volunteering and mentoring women, teens and children in the transplant community is another endeavor close to Tippins’ heart. At the Transplant Teen Camp Retreat hosted at Camp Twin Lakes, she helps facilitate education sessions where teens are taught life skills including budgeting and the importance of safe sex. She knows the significance of offering support and guidance to young people navigating life with a transplant. “No one was there to help me with that sort of thing when

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I was going through it; so it’s a joy for me to share tips and encouragement with them,” says Tippins. Camp Independence and Second Chance Family Camp also benefit from Tippins’ time and expertise. The RockScar Designs company itself serves as a platform to support women, with an open invitation on their Facebook page to share their stories and feelings about any of their scars, visible or not. Her blog, located on the website, also offers a safe haven; Tippins writes posts sharing others stories with their permission and sometimes has guest bloggers share their own personal experiences. The accounts, often emotional and always heartfelt, move Tippins daily. “I feel like it’s a special place for women, where I take their heartache with me.” The future looks bright for Tippins as she continues to expand her clothing line with new artistic designs and color palettes fostering the ability for boutiques to customize the line for their specific clientele. She expects the biggest growth in Atlanta, Miami and New York. Who knows which city she may rock next with her endearing message of empowerment? Rock on, Amy. Rock on.


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Driver’s Notebook

Street Lines:

The 2013 Range Rover HSE

We have driven numerous 2013 models, but the 2013 Range Rover HSE was our most luxurious of the year. We can’t wait to see what Range Rover has up its sleeve for 2014. article Dennis Malcolm Byron


here is no mystery that Range Rovers continue to be favorites for those fond of this SUV’s balancing act of having a posh interior, state-of-the art technology, sexy looks, muscular frame, and ability to take on virtually any outdoor terrain. The 2013 Range Rover with all the fixings, totaling a mere $96,195 with the HSE package ($82,650 base price), maintains this brand’s luster. Thanks to its powerful 5.0L 375 horsepower V8 engine (about 16 miles per gallon average); cloud-like ride (Enhanced Electronic Air Suspension); incredible premium Meridian 825-watt, 19-speaker surround sound system; plush Oxford leather seats with cooling and heating properties, plus front seat massage (Climate Comfort Package); and auto surround camera system on a 12.3-inch screen for full driver visibility, this is one of the favorites we have driven all year. But there were even more features that solidified this as the most luxurious SUV we have tested in 2013. The doors close on their own after a light push which is termed the Soft Door Close feature; Automatic Load Leveling that enables the truck

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Aioli), Smoked Chicken Wings (Hickory Wood, White Barbecue Sauce, Celery) and more elevated bar food offerings from Food 101 chef Justin Keith who highlights a bounty of local ingredients prepared with a bold Southern flair, providing a deliciously satisfying dining experience. About: What was once the bar inside Food 101 is now redesigned and a destination on its own, offering a menu of Southern fare, a variety of wines by the glass and a specialty cocktail menu inspired by twelve, infused house whiskies. Whether you are planning the next girls’ night out, trying to dodge five o’clock traffic or having a fun night out with your significant other, The Barrel Bar at Food 101 has something for everyone.


Who: The man behind the bar, 60-year-old J.D Doyle, born and

raised in Boston, takes bartending back to its roots. Forget the trendy “mixologist;” J.D. prefers to be called a “bartender.” With over 40 years in the industry under his belt, his impressive resume includes high-volume bars in Atlanta, GA. Exceptional customer service is the name of the game. USP: Concoctions such as Buffalo Rose(Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Aperol, Mint Syrup, Lemon Juice, Raspberry Puree) and an off the menu creation, the English Harvest Cocktail (Beefeater London Dry Gin, Laird's 100proof Applejack, Dry vermouth, Angostura bitters and Almond syrup).

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Lifestyle Calendar

January January 1-5 Astor Holiday Ice Skating Rink St. Regis Atlanta

The St. Regis Atlanta Astor Holiday Ice Skating Rink harkens back to the elegant era of the distinguished Astor family who founded the flagship St. Regis New York in 1904. Under the warm glow of twinkling lights, glide around the exquisite ice rink to sounds of holiday melodies and enjoy seasonal favorites including hot cocoa and s'mores.

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January 10 Called & Gifted Workshop St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church

The Called & Gifted process is designed to help Christians discern the presence of spiritual gifts in their life. The program has been used by more than 55,000 lay, ordained and religious Catholics and other Christians around the world since 1993. Workshop highlights include the five steps of discerning the spiritual gifts that God has given you and how discerning your gifts can change your own life and the world.

January 18 Grand Opening The Center for Enlightened Learning

Find out what 2014 has in store for you! A full line up of health and well-being will be on hand to meet with you and give you more information. Food and drinks will be available.

Winter Wonderland

January 19

Fernbank Museum

Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Enjoy a season of celebrations during Fernbank’s 4th annual Winter Wonderland. This holiday-inspired exhibition features trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners that recognize celebrations including Christmas, Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights, as well as traditions and practices like origami, indigenous art and national symbols. The exhibition will twinkle with lights, glimmer with color, and shine with a variety of cultural ornaments and emblems that recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events around the world.

The Breman Museum

January 9-12

This concert will provide a 100 year journey through history via the music of Jewish composers. The performance will feature a string quartet comprised of Atlanta Opera Orchestra musicians who will be accompanied by a local pianist and singer. The performance will include music by Felix Mendelssohn, Gustav Mahler and Leonard Bernstein. The performance will be followed by a light reception.

January 19 Great Southern Beer Competition

2014 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show

Monday Night Brewing

Georgia World Congress Center

Launches with a kickoff party at Monday Night Brewing featuring brewery tours and pours, food pairings, homebrew expert demonstrations, live entertainment and more. The event is open to all beer lovers, from expert home brewers to connoisseurs to curious enthusiasts. In addition to Monday Night Brewing facility tours and tastings of their beers, including Fu Manbrew Belgian-Style Wit and Eye Patch Ale, attendees can taste beer-based food pairings from P.D.H. and enter to win other prizes, such as tickets to Atlanta Beer Tours, a special beer chef's table experience at Publik Draft House and more.

Georgia’s biggest boating event offers a haven to discover the boating lifestyle and prepare for summer on the water. Visitors to the show can shop deals on hundreds of the latest boats, from luxury yachts to fishing vessels and family cruisers, plus the newest gear and gadgets. The show also offers nautical fun for all ages, including daily boating and fishing clinics and new for 2014 – the Swampmaster Gator Show.

January 29–February 20 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Locations throughout Atlanta

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to both entertain and educate, AJFF challenges conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing both the Jewish and global communities. Founded in 2000, AJFF ranks as the largest film festival in Atlanta, and second largest Jewish film festival in the United States, having attracted an audience of more than 30,000 moviegoers in 2012. This year, the festival will feature an international collection of 71 narrative and documentary films that explore the Jewish experience. Screenings are supplemented by guest appearances with filmmakers, actors, authors, academics and other expert speakers.

have a voice in the creation and operations of the festival. This event will feature approximately 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, plus gourmet food trucks with healthy alternatives and music and dance performances.

January 30-31 Cathedral Art Show and Tour of Homes Cathedral of St. Philip

In this hands-on field course, REI Outdoor School instructors will teach you how to build a camp kitchen, design a menu and prepare tasty, nutritious meals. All stoves, kitchen materials and food ingredients are provided (with options for both vegetarians and meat eaters). To register:

Over two dozen carefully selected dealers of period furniture, jewelry, art, and accessories ranging from 17th-century antiques to iconic mid-century modern pieces are gathered under one roof. Find that perfect piece, begin a collection, or simply enjoy browsing. While you're at the show, enjoy Bobby McAlpine's and Susan Ferrier's talk and book signing on Thursday the 30th, tour the Inspiration Avenue, and learn about entertaining with antiques with Kathryn Greeley. The net proceeds of the 2014 Show benefit Crossroads Community Ministries.

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Callanwolde Arts Festival

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Parting Thoughts

Memories. Made in Atlanta Words Robin Jean Marie


’ve been circling the Perimeter since the first grade. When I was six, my family moved to metro Atlanta and settled in DeKalb County. I spent my childhood in and around the capital city, and as I grew into adulthood, I stayed. My memories are wisps of things distinctly Atlantan, foggy fragments of the places that formed me. We lived in the kind of neighborhood where kids joined the swim team and had costume contests for Halloween, where neighbors pitched in to help each other. I looked forward to trips to South DeKalb Mall with my mom because she’d buy us a delicious chicken sandwich with a pickle on it. It came from a place called Chick-fil-A. Sometimes we’d go to the Old Hickory House, where I’d have a bowl of hot and tangy Brunswick stew. At Christmastime, my parents would take our family to Rich’s department store, where my siblings and I would experience the thrill of riding the Pink Pig, delighting particularly in the wondrous moment that Priscilla the Pig would travel outside to the rooftop of the building. After the ride, we would have the singular pleasure of buying gifts for our parents all by ourselves at Santa’s Secret Shop. For family outings, we would visit Grant Park Zoo and the Cyclorama. We would walk the circumference of the Cyclorama building, guided by flood lights on the painting as the narration described the next scene of the Battle of Atlanta. When guests came, we’d take them to Stone Mountain Park for a picnic and ca-

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ble car ride to the mountaintop. Later, when I was in high school, Stone Mountain would be the student hangout spot. As a graduate student at Emory, I fell in love---with Everybody’s in Emory Village. The landmark building with its signature red brick and white marble façade was the most memorable place for the most memorable, thick and chewy crusted, topping-heavy pizza I’d ever eat. I had a job and an apartment in Cobb County and friends who lived in-town. I frequented Piedmont Park for concerts and art festivals. I bought season tickets to the Alliance Theater. I dressed up as I-285 for Halloween. I ate fondue at Dante’s Down the Hatch in Underground Atlanta. I gazed up at the star-speckled ceiling of the Fox Theater before a show. I visited Callanwolde for the Olde Christmas Storytelling Festivals. I jogged along the Chattahoochee. I chose from the wall of beer at the original Taco Mac’s. Now I’m in Dunwoody, with a family of my own. Some of my favorite Atlanta places are gone, and some have changed. But I live in a neighborhood that has a swim team and garden club and costume contests on Halloween, one where women make meals for a sick neighbor. My family visits Stone Mountain and the Fox theatre; we celebrated special occasions at Dante’s. I’ve come full circle. And I realize that my childhood, my adulthood, and some of my fondest memories…were all made in Atlanta. Robin Jean Marie can be reached at


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